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See detailHistone deacetylases: anti-angiogenic targets in cancer therapy.
Mottet, Denis ULg; Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg

in Current Cancer Drug Targets (2010), 10(8), 898-913

Judah Folkman was the first in 1971 to observe and report that cancer growth and dissemination were dependent on angiogenesis - the formation of new blood vessels from pre-existing vasculature. For almost ... [more ▼]

Judah Folkman was the first in 1971 to observe and report that cancer growth and dissemination were dependent on angiogenesis - the formation of new blood vessels from pre-existing vasculature. For almost 40 years, this concept has inspired generations of researchers to identify anti-angiogenic molecules that could be used therapeutically to stop blood vessels formation and starve tumors of nutrients and oxygen. Tumor angiogenesis requires complex cellular and molecular interactions between endothelial and cancer cells. In response to external stimuli such as hypoxia, cancer cells secrete pro-angiogenic factors into the extracellular matrix that activate the surrounding endothelial cells to proliferate, migrate and form new blood vessels. So, vascularization of malignant lesions depends on the expression of specific genes in both endothelial and tumor cells and accumulating evidences shows that several members of the histone deacetylase (HDAC) family play key roles in the regulation of these genes. Indeed, numerous in vitro and in vivo studies demonstrated that inhibitors of HDAC modulate angiogenic gene expression in both endothelial and cancer cells and disturb the delicate and complex balance between the collective action of pro-angiogenic factors and angiogenesis inhibitors. Thus, HDAC are currently recognized as promising targets for the development of anti-cancer drugs. This review is an effort to present and discuss the role, functions and mechanisms of action of HDAC during tumor-driven angiogenesis as well as a brief summary of the clinical status of the main HDAC inhibitors (HDACi) currently under development in cancer therapy. [less ▲]

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See detailHistone Deacetylases: Target Enzymes for Cancer Therapy
Mottet, Denis ULg; Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg

in Clinical & Experimental Metastasis (2007)

Epigenic regulation of gene transcription has recently been the subject of a fast growing interest particularly in the field of cancer. Enzymatic acetylation and deacetylation of the epsilon-amino groups ... [more ▼]

Epigenic regulation of gene transcription has recently been the subject of a fast growing interest particularly in the field of cancer. Enzymatic acetylation and deacetylation of the epsilon-amino groups of lysine residues from nucleosomal histones, represents major molecular epigenic mechanisms controlling gene expression. Histone deacetylases (HDACs) and histone acetyl transferases (HAT) represent the two families of enzymes in charge of the control of the level of acetylation of the histone tails. By removing the acetyl groups that abrogate the positive charge of the lysine residues that maintain the histone tails attached to DNA, HDACs repress transcription. In mammals, these latter enzymes form three groups of related enzymes based on their sequence homology and are classified as HDACs I, II and III. Global inhibition of the HDACs I and II groups results in cell growth arrest and apoptosis of cancer cells and alters tumor growth in in vivo experimental models. Their surprisingly low general toxicity and their impressive efficiency in preclinical cancer models has led to consider HDAC inhibitors as very promising new anticancer pharmacological agents. In this review, we attempt to give a comprehensive overview of the role and the involvement of HDAC in carcinogenesis as well as the current progress on the development of HDAC general and specific inhibitors as new cancer therapies. [less ▲]

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See detailLes histones desacetylases : nouvelles cibles pour les therapies anti-cancereuses.
Mottet, Denis ULg; Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg

in Medecine Sciences : M/S (2008), 24(8-9), 742-6

Circa twenty-five years ago, cancer research was dominated by the concept that the origin of cancer was genetic. Thousands of genetic alterations have indeed been identified involving more than hundred ... [more ▼]

Circa twenty-five years ago, cancer research was dominated by the concept that the origin of cancer was genetic. Thousands of genetic alterations have indeed been identified involving more than hundred different genes in cancer development. Today, the model has evolved: it has been demonstrated that malignancies can be initiated not only through genetic alterations but also through epigenetic deregulations. By altering the expression of gene involved in cell regulation, epigenetic alterations, such as histone acetylation, play a key role in the initiation and progression of neoplasm. It has been shown that an imbalance between the acelylated and deacetylated status of chromatin is significantly involved in the acquisition of a malignant phenotype. Thus, the modulation of the histone acetylation level by histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors could lead to a genetic re-programmation in cancer cells that would favor apoptosis and prevent proliferation. The potential therapeutic value of several HDAC inhibitors for cancer patients has been evaluated in clinical assays with very promising outcome. Indeed, the first inhibitors available for patients has been recently approved for cancer patients tracing the way for a new class of promising anti-cancer therapy modalities. [less ▲]

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See detailHistopathological comparison of two mouse-adapted influenza A strains in mice.
Garigliany, Mutien-Marie ULg; Habyarimana, Adélite; Cornet, Anne et al

Conference (2008, October)

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See detailHistopathological diagnosis of a type vii mucopolysaccharidosis after pregnancy termination.
Delbecque, Katty ULg; Gaillez, Stephanie ULg; Schaaps, Jean-Pierre ULg

in Fetal & Pediatric Pathology (2009), 28(1), 1-8

Type VII mucopolysaccharidosis is a very rare recessive lysosomal storage disease. We diagnosed a type VII MPS in a case of severe fetal hydrops after pregnancy termination at 23 weeks of gestation. The ... [more ▼]

Type VII mucopolysaccharidosis is a very rare recessive lysosomal storage disease. We diagnosed a type VII MPS in a case of severe fetal hydrops after pregnancy termination at 23 weeks of gestation. The diagnosis was suspected on histopathological examination by the presence of foam cells in many viscera and foamy placental Hofbauer cells. Enzyme assay on cultured amniotic cells showed a markedly deficient beta-glucuronidase activity, thus confirming the diagnosis. This report shows the importance of a precise necropsy diagnosis in nonimmune hydrops because of putative implications for genetic counseling and prenatal diagnosis in subsequent pregnancies. [less ▲]

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See detailHistopathological pattern and humoral immune response to a crude exo-antigen and purified keratinase of Microsporum canis in symptomatic and asymptomatic infected cats.
Mignon, Bernard ULg; Coignoul, Freddy ULg; Leclipteux, T. et al

in Medical Mycology (1999), 37(1), 1-9

In order to understand better the mechanisms involved in the diverse clinical patterns in Microsporum canis-infected cats, the histopathological features were compared in symptomatic and asymptomatic ... [more ▼]

In order to understand better the mechanisms involved in the diverse clinical patterns in Microsporum canis-infected cats, the histopathological features were compared in symptomatic and asymptomatic infected cats. Additionally, the IgG immune response to a crude exo-antigen and purified keratinase of M. canis was studied by ELISA in cats of various clinical and mycological status. Acute and subacute perifolliculitis and folliculitis occurred more frequently in symptomatic than asymptomatic cats. The latter usually displayed signs of chronic inflammation and a marked infiltration of superficial dermis by mast cells, which would suggest that these animals present similarities to chronically dermatophytic humans or animals. When using a crude M. canis antigen, all infected cats were shown to have significantly higher levels of specific IgG when compared to culture negative and mechanical carrier-cats. In these non-infected animals, specific IgG was more frequently detected in adults than in young animals. No difference in anti-crude antigen specific IgG was observed between symptomatic and asymptomatic infected cats, indicating that the presence of IgG is probably unrelated to the clinical status of cats. Anti-keratinase specific IgG was only detected in one of the infected cats. [less ▲]

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See detailThe histopathology of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in West Highland white terriers shares features of both non-specific interstitial pneumonia and usual interstitial pneumonia in man
Syrjä, P; Heikkilä, HP; Lilja-Maula, L et al

in Journal of Comparative Pathology (2013), 149(2-3), 303-313

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See detailHistoplasmose africiaine à Histoplasma duboisii (Histoplasma capsulatum var. duboisii): quatorze cas congolais observés en 10 ans (1981-1990)
Carme, Bernard; Hayette, Marie-Pierre ULg; Itoua Ngaporo, A. et al

in Journal de Mycologie Médicale (1993), 3

Fourteen cases of histoplasmosis due to Histoplasma duboisii seen in Congo from 1981 through 1990, are reported: the average age of the patients was 25 years (the youngest being 1,5 y and the oldest 50y ... [more ▼]

Fourteen cases of histoplasmosis due to Histoplasma duboisii seen in Congo from 1981 through 1990, are reported: the average age of the patients was 25 years (the youngest being 1,5 y and the oldest 50y), the M/F ratio was 2,5; most of the patients (10/14) live in a rural area. there was a rather constant frequency of one to three cases per annum from 1981 through 1990. The fisrt congolese AIDS-associated systemic histoplasmosis duboisii case was observed in 1990. Lymph node involvment and mucocutaneous lesions were the most frequent clinical manifestations. In all cases, the disgnosis was established by histological examination. When performed, direct microscopy was always positive (11/11). Isolation of H. duboisii in culture was successful in 7 out of 9 attempts. Two cases of systemic infection were rapidly fatal but a good clinical response was obtained in the other cases wih amphotericin B, which due to intolerance, was replaced by ketoconazole in 2 patients. [less ▲]

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See detailHistoria de la Acromegalia y del Gigantismo
Beckers, Albert ULg

Scientific conference (2013, April)

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See detailHistorical changes in carbon dioxide (CO2) and dimethyl sulphide (DMS) emissions in the eutrophied Southern North Sea
Gypens, N.; Borges, Alberto ULg; Lancelot, C.

Conference (2012, April 22)

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See detailHistorical formation and student understanding of mathematics
Schneider, Marguerite ULg

in Fauvel, J.; van Maanen, J. (Eds.) History of Mathematics Education (2000)

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See detailThe Historical Inscription on Queen Hatshepsut's Chapelle Rouge
Gillen, Todd Jonathan ULg

in Bulletin of the Australian Centre for Egyptology (2005), 16

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See detailThe Historical Inscription on Queen Hatshepsut's Chapelle Rouge
Gillen, Todd Jonathan ULg

in Bulletin of the Australian Centre for Egyptology (2005), 16

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See detailHistorical Introduction to the Belgian Legal System
Gerkens, Jean-François ULg

Scientific conference (2012, January 27)

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See detailHistorical landscape structure affects plant species richness in wet heathlands with complex landscape dynamics
Cristofoli, Sara; Monty, Arnaud ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg

in Landscape & Urban Planning (2010), 98

The spatio-temporal dynamics of wet heathlands from two landscapes in high Ardenne (Belgium), as well as the consequences of such dynamics on plant communities were investigated. Past and present ... [more ▼]

The spatio-temporal dynamics of wet heathlands from two landscapes in high Ardenne (Belgium), as well as the consequences of such dynamics on plant communities were investigated. Past and present destruction and origin of habitat patches have resulted in a complex network of different aged habitat patches. Current specialist and generalist species richness were assessed in 59 patches and analyzed with respect to present and past patch spatial metrics (controlled for habitat quality). Current patch area affected specialist species richness and current patch connectivity influenced both specialist and generalist species richness. Thirteen of the 59 patches were historical patches, i.e. patches that have remained since the 1770s. In these historical patches, including past landscape structure in the analysis explained more of the variability in current species richness than the current landscape structure alone, suggesting the existence of an extinction debt. [less ▲]

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See detailHistorical presence of the sturgeon Acipenser sturio in the Rhône basin determined by the analysis of ancient DNA cytochrome b sequences
Pagès, Marie ULg; Desse-Berset, Nathalie; Tougard, Christelle et al

in Conservation Genetics (2009), 10

Sturgeon disappeared from the Rhoˆne River in the mid 70’s without certitude about which species it was and about the existence of a sympatry between European sturgeon, Acipenser sturio, and Adriatic ... [more ▼]

Sturgeon disappeared from the Rhoˆne River in the mid 70’s without certitude about which species it was and about the existence of a sympatry between European sturgeon, Acipenser sturio, and Adriatic sturgeon, A. naccarii, in this watershed. In order to reach a reliable specific determination of this extinct sturgeon population, archaeozoological remains of the Jardin d’Hiver in Arles city, on the Rhoˆne river banks, were genetically analysed, following strict criteria of authentication for the ancient DNA work. The rich collection of Arles sturgeon bone remains stems from human activities between the 6th and the 2nd Century BC. Sequences of 86 bp of the cytochrome b gene were obtained on four bones, from different anatomical parts of the fish and from different archaeological layers. All gave A. sturio diagnostic sequences. This preliminary analysis is an essential first step in the project of sturgeon reintroduction in the Rhoˆne River. Thus, further analyses on a larger sample are necessary to comfort this result and to solve the question of sympatry with A. naccarii. [less ▲]

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See detailHistorical records of southern right whales (Eubalaena australis) of the province Río Negro, North Patagonia, Argentina (1991-2008)
Failla, Mauricio; Vermeulen, Els ULg; Cammareri, Alejandro

in Report to the International Whaling Commission (2008)

The increase of the southern right whale (SRW Eubalaena australis) population might rise questions about the reoccupation of previous sites. This report is a compilation of historical records of SRWs ... [more ▼]

The increase of the southern right whale (SRW Eubalaena australis) population might rise questions about the reoccupation of previous sites. This report is a compilation of historical records of SRWs along the coast of the Río Negro province, Northeast Patagonia, to evaluate the tendency of their occurrence in the area over the past decade. A total of 308 records (425 whales) were collected over distinct coastal regions in Northeast Patagonia. The majority of sightings were concentrated between the months July-October with a peak in August-September as was observed similarly in South Brazil, Uruguay and central Patagonia. Groups consisted out of 2 individuals on average whereas mother and calf pairs could be observed in only 11% of the sightings. There was a general increase in sightings over the subsequent years possibly explained by a cause-response relation of increasing sightings and increasing effort. The information presented in this report could suggest a similar hypothesis of reoccupation in the province of Río Negro, Argentina, as was suggested to be occurring along the southeastern coast of Brazil, Uruguay and the Santa Cruz province of Argentina. Data are too preliminary however, to determine the importance of this area for the reproduction and/or migration of this species. Nevertheless, the presented data completes an evolving database of the presence of SRWs along the whole Patagonian coast as was recommended by the International Whaling Commission in 2001. More data and systematic effort is needed to obtain the information on the ecology of SRWs in the Río Negro province, needed for the implementation of conservation measurements in the waters of the provincial jurisdiction, specially in the touristic area of the Natural Protected Area Bahía San Antonio. [less ▲]

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See detailHistorical seismicity of the lower Rhine and Meuse valleys from 600 to 1525 : a new critical review
Alexandre, Pierre ULg

in Netherlands Journal of Geosciences - Geologie en Mijnbouw (1994), 173

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